Woke earlyish but stayed in bed till around 8am.
Trying to make myself rest.
For the first time since I returned home I heard the wind blowing.
It tends to raise the temperatures which is great.
Another busy day.
Mahalia was painting her nails.
She said she thought it she did them early in the morning then they would dry and set before she had to do anything.
Today they were white with black drawings on them.
However her early was not early enough so all day I have been hearing frustration noises from her when she damages the paint.
First world problems – so tough
I got the kitchen fire cranked up as the water was cold.
It took quite a while to get the water to heat.
I made a fruit smoothie in the Vitamix for breakfast.
Mahalia was craving muffins and as I had yoghurt to use up I made a batch for her.
Went to find the muffin trays and found that mice had chewed holes in the silicon making several of the muffin holes unusable.
Sent half of the muffins back with Anson & Marah later.
Mahalia and Nuana spent ages sorting out the pantry first.
We had packed most of the food away in bins to prevent mice damage.
So it was time to unpack them and sort groceries so I know what shopping is needed.
I decided to make some fudge cake from the biscuit crumbs left over from Jesika’s wedding cheese cakes.
It made up 6 batches.
I iced them and left them to set, Mahalia cut them up later and child them ready to pack away.
There was mountains of dishes to do so I washed as soon as the water was hot enough, and Azzan dried and put away.
Then after a rest the girls emptied out both freezers and did a huge sort out.
Took a while, they wore ski gloves and had lots of rests.
Such a tough job 😉
I got Azzan’s bags completely sorted and packed.
Am taking some of Jesika & Evan’s wedding presents over to them so am wrapping them in our clothes to protect them.
Also Tim’s bible.
Jesika asked me ages ago if she could have something of her Dad’s and I offered her his Bible.
She was delighted, but I haven’t been able to part with it yet.
Decided that this trip was a good opportunity to take it over to her so sat and went through it and took out all his notes.
Seeing his handwriting, and finding his pencil tucked inside was just a bit much for me.
The tears came unbidden, I sat and cried unobtrusively.
Azzan noticed and came over and cuddled me and just let me cry.
Had a good chat on the phone with Sandra soon after which helped heaps.
Thanks my special next door friend xxxx
Azzan had seen a recipe that he wanted to try.
I took some saveloys from the freezer and boiled them up, then he poked spaghetti noodles through them.
Then he boiled them to cook the spaghetti.
Its pretty cool 🙂
I used the tomato sauce Mahalia made.
It had a hefty amount of cayenne in it so is too spicy to eat straight.
I added a can of coconut cream and a can of diced tomatoes to some of it and Azzan poured it over the spaghetti and topped it with grated cheese.
It was really yummy.
I was pretty weary by this time so took my plate and lay on my bed to watch a movie.
I had not been there long when I heard a very quiet whisper in the hallway.
A few seconds later Anson & Eden crept in to surprise me!
Eden rolled around on the bed with me while Anson & I talked.
Marah came and took her away so we could talk in peace.
We eventually made it out to the lounge and the kids gave Eden a balloon to play with.
Anson was in a very playful teasing mood and kept hitting it from her so she had to chase it.
Marah got irked with him for upsetting Eden so it all very soon turned into a bit of a domestic 🙂
All over a pink balloon 😉
They loaded my electric stove onto the back of the truck and then everyone hopped on the back with it and Anson drove back to The Croft.
Marah’s oven is barely functioning so I have given her mine.
We can make do until Anson is able to bring in another one for me.
I spent the rest of the afternoon in the study sorting out photos and getting paperwork printed etc.
Anson came round again and used the computer.
Cat & Leeann arrived back from a week over at D’Urville Island.
Mahalia walked Olly back, he is being a bit stroppy as he hasn’t been ridden for a couple of months.
She will have to put some work into him to tone him down again.
Nuana headed off to bed early.
She is still not 100%.
I unearthed myself sometime after 6pm and found the two kids rarking about in the lounge and nothing done towards dinner.
I was unimpressed.
They soon rallied and we quickly made a stir fry of veges, bacon and tomatoes.
Mahalia sorted, washed and froze a heap of spinach and Azzan chopped up celery for the freezer.
Then we added some feta to dinner and served it on couscous.
It was very easy, fresh, nourishing & tasty.
Good to show the kids that you can cook something quick in the electric frypan and not have to be reliant on the stove.